This smoothie is packed full of vitamin C and folate, both of which have a beneficial impact on the brain and its proper development. The ingredients work together well to produce a smoothie that is appropriate for consuming at lunchtime, providing a healthy alternative to the traditional liquid lunch. This particular smoothie contains green apple, spinach, avocado, green grapes, mango and green bell pepper.
Apples in general are known to have a variety of benefits to brain health including significantly reducing the risk of stroke, slowing the onset of neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s and helping to improve neurological health. However, it is understood that green apples are better than red apples at providing antioxidants that elicit such effects, so by including a green apple in this smoothie you can be assured of a stronger effect on brain health compared to using a red one.
Spinach is beneficial to brain health because it is rich in iron that is key to producing blood cells and transporting oxygen around the body. Without iron, the brain would not get enough oxygen and this could result in a stroke or other neurological condition. Spinach is also very rich in vitamin K, which has recently been thought to have an impact on the development of Alzheimer’s, with people not having enough of this vitamin being at a greater risk of developing the condition.
Avocados can have a very beneficial effect on brain development thanks to the high levels of vitamin C, folate and healthy fats they contain, all of which affect cognitive functions. Avocado also has anti-inflammatory properties that may help to prevent the risk of experiencing a stroke.
Green grapes are very high in vitamin C, which is essential for building healthy tissues in the brain and body, and they have a very high water content, which helps to keep you hydrated. It is understood that grapes can also help protect against the risk of developing diabetic neuropathy, which can adversely affect many of the nerves in the body including the brain, due to poorly managed diabetes.
A single mango contains nearly 100% of your daily vitamin C needs, which is good news for your brain, where the highest concentrations of this vitamin are found. The same mango will also have a good amount of folate which is important for proper cognitive function and development, particularly in unborn babies.
Green Bell Pepper
It might seem a bit odd to put green bell pepper in a smoothie, but by doing so you increase the benefits to your brain. One average sized pepper contains a huge amount of vitamin C, which is required for proper tissue growth, particularly in the brain. It also has anti-inflammatory effects that can help reduce the risk of experiencing a number of health problems, including stroke.
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